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San Jose State used pigeons decked out with GPS and other sensors to monitor air quality in California. Aaww, they’ve even got names. At each point, you can see the air quality reading.

Flocksourcing (dude, that little guy is really moving).

Flocksourcing (dude, that little guy is really moving).

The concept is pretty slick. It’s one of those things where a similar solution based entirely on technology would be expensive and hard to maintain (the pigeons would be nesting in the equipment or something), but with a big enough flock, you’d probably get pretty good coverage. That would be the one issue, other than people relating pigeons to flying rats, that it might be hard to get a good distribution of readings over a large space.

via Pruned.

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